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Méabh de Brún is an award-winning actor, playwright and writer who explores difficult subjects through black comedy and dark fantasy.
Her fiction has been published in such literary magazines as The Stinging Fly, Banshee Press, Neon Hemlock and more. Her work has featured in Solas Nua's 'View Source' anthology of contemporary Irish writing. She is a finalist for the RTÉ Francis MacManus Short Story Award, winner of the Irish Independent's New Irish Writing and recipient of a Tyrone Guthrie Center residency award.
As a playwright, Méabh won the DCLI/ACDI Playwriting Award for her first one-act play ‘Dead Man’s Bells’, which picked up eight festival awards overall, one of which was her award for Best Actor. Her first full-length play ‘GRAND’ was staged as a rehearsed reading by Prime Cut Productions, and her play ‘And Tomorrow I'll Dance With You’ was shortlisted for The Women's Playwriting Prize, staged as part of The New Theatre's New Writing Development Week and was a 2022 Druid Debut. In 2022, her plays ‘Dead Man’s Bells‘ and ‘Bring Your A Game’ were staged at Milwaukee Irish Fest, showcasing contemporary Irish writing.
In her writing for screen, Méabh was longlisted for the 2020 BBC Writersroom placing in the top 3% of nearly 4,000 scripts. Her scripted adaptation of her short story ‘Saint Sisters and the Sea’ was a semi-finalist for the Waterford Film Festival, semi-finalist for the Kerry International Film Festival and placed runner-up in the the Catalyst International Film Festival Short Screenplay Award. Her script for the short film 'Locked' was a finalist in the Kerry International Film Festival, was longlisted in the UK Film Festival Script Competition, placed as semi-finalist in the 2022 Los Angeles International Screenplay Awards and was a finalist for the 2022 Ardán/RTÉ Short Film Commission.
Méabh also writes for audio, and has worked on a number of wonderful audio projects, such as the interactive audio adventure 'A Dark Night In Dublin' for Six to Start, creators of 'Zombies, Run!', a guest story in the popular podcast 'The Town Whispers', and her radio play 'High Spirits' as part of Near FM's 2023 audio anthology. Méabh can also be heard performing in those projects.
Performing onstage from an early age, Méabh has a wide range of a theatrical experience and has studied at Bow Street National Screen Acting School and with the Gaiety Performance Theatre Company. She has performed with renowned theaters such as The New Theatre, the Cork Arts Theatre, Axis Balllymun among others, and is the recipient of a number of national best actor festival awards. As a voice actor, Méabh has performed in video games, radio plays and commercial voice-over work. She particularly enjoys performing in audio drama, and currently features in 'The Silt Verses' from the makers of 'I Am In Eskew', 'Omen' from the producers of 'Girl In Space' and 'The Secret of St. Kilda' from Haggis and Dragons Productions. She has won a number of Audio Verse Awards for her performances in audio drama, including Best Performer in an Existing Production, Best Performer in a New Production and Best Guest Performer in a New Production.
Méabh lives and works in Kerry, Ireland, and is a proud recipient of the Valentino Scholarship for Emerging Writers as presented by Tomi Adeyemi's Writer's Roadmap and Maison Valentino
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